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Restitution ordered for former Delavan court clerk

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Stan Milam
July 20, 2012

— The former Delavan municipal court clerk convicted on two counts of felony misconduct in office was sentenced Thursday to restitution and community service.

An additional 48 counts of misconduct in public office against Henry L. Johnson, 58, were dismissed under terms of a plea agreement approved Thursday by Walworth County Judge Robert Kennedy.

Kennedy ordered Johnson to pay $15,000 restitution and to perform 100 hours of community service.

The restitution has been paid, and Johnson has completed his community service with Inspiration Ministries in Walworth and with Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills in Darien. He had faced a maximum three years and six months in prison and a $10,000 fine for each count.

Johnson, W8246 Lake Shore Road, Sharon, originally was charged with one count of misconduct in office and later 50 counts. He pleaded guilty to counts No. 1 and No. 50, which contained allegations that he intentionally failed or refused to report to the state operating while intoxicated convictions.

The criminal complaint alleged that the incidents occurred between January 2006 and March 2010. Johnson was charged Nov. 17, 2010.

Thursday’s plea and sentencing lasted five minutes. Johnson had little to say. When asked for his plea, he said, “guilty.” When asked if he had anything to say before sentencing, he said, “no.”

Johnson, a former Walworth Country Sheriff’s deputy, was fired as municipal court clerk Mar. 11, 2010, after the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles reported that he had not promptly reporting citations to the state. The Delavan court was shut down for two months to sort out which citations had not been reported to the state.

During the 20-month case, Johnson was free on a $5,000 cash bond. He asked that a special prosecutor be appointed, claiming Walworth County prosecutors could be biased against him because of his former duties as a municipal court clerk and a sheriff’s deputy.

Kennedy denied the request Jan 26, 2011.



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